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A Voyeur’s Guide to the Homes of Washington’s Rich and Famous

See where Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders live, plus dozens more big-name Washingtonians.
A Voyeur’s Guide to the Homes of Washington’s Rich and Famous
The residence of Caps and Wizards owner Ted Leonsis in Potomac. Photo by Anice Hoachlander/Hoalander Davis Photography.


Click the person’s name to see his or her house, how much it cost, what neighborhood it’s in, and more.

Jim Abdo

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Photo by Evy Mages.

Purchase price: $2.55 million
Estimated current value: $5.78 million
Neighborhood: Embassy Row
Year purchased: 2002

The developer of 14th Street, Logan Circle, and H Street bought his three-story mansion—a fixer-upper—from the Ghanian ambassador. There’s a pool with a 52-foot lap lane out back.

Robert Allbritton

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Photo by Evy Mages.

Purchase price: $23.96 million
Estimated current value: $20.99 million
Neighborhood: Georgetown
Year purchased: 2007

That an activist was killed during a mugging in the driveway shortly after the Bowie-Sevier mansion was listed didn’t stop Politico’s founder from buying it days before he launched his company. Befitting the heir to a billion-dollar fortune, the 1810 estate has 15,000 square feet and 12 bedrooms.

José Andrés

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Photo by Evy Mages.

Purchase price: $2.675 million
Estimated current value: $1.85 million
Neighborhood: Bethesda
Year purchased: 2006

Naturally, a master of modern cuisine would inhabit a modernist stucco masterpiece. Architect David Jameson built this home on a cul-de-sac in Burning Tree in 2005 and sold it to Andrés when the chef’s restaurant empire was less than half the size it is today.

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Ashok Bajaj

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Photo by Evy Mages.

Purchase price: $710,000
Estimated current value: $1.63 million
Neighborhood: Foxhall Crescent
Year purchased: 1997

It’s appropriate that the owner of nine DC power restaurants—Rasika, Rasika West End, the Oval Room, Bibiana, the Bombay Club, 701, Nopa, Bindaas, and Ardeo & Bardeo—doesn’t retire in Maryland or Virginia at night. Bajaj’s three-bedroom, three-bath home is now worth nearly three times what he got it for almost 20 years ago.

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Marty Baron

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Photo by Evy Mages.

Purchase price: $1.35 million
Estimated current value: $1.70 million
Neighborhood: Logan Circle
Year purchased: 2012

The Post’s workaholic executive editor has to walk barely seven blocks from his 1,900-square-foot condo to the paper’s new Franklin Square headquarters. The townhouse’s other half is owned by journalist Matt Yglesias—for now. The Vox writer just bought a $1.5-million rowhouse three blocks away.

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Marla Malcolm Beck

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Photo by Evy Mages.

Purchase price: $3.7 million
Estimated current value: $4.12 million
Neighborhood: Bethesda
Year purchased: 2011

After selling their Bluemercury cosmetics chain to Macy’s last year for $210 million, Beck and her husband, Barry, stayed put in this two-story in Edgemoor. Yes, the primary color decorating the eight-bathroom house is a vivid blue (except for the 12-seat theater in the basement).

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Wolf Blitzer

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Photo by Evy Mages.

Purchase price: $710,000
Estimated current value: $1.34 million
Neighborhood: Bethesda
Year purchased: 1989

Blitzer has lived in this house for his entire 26-year career at CNN. He bought the newly built two-story—one block from Congressional Country Club—during his last year as the Jerusalem Post’s Washington correspondent.

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Muriel Bowser

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Photo by Evy Mages.

Purchase price: $832,000
Estimated current value: $870,400
Neighborhood: Colonial Village
Year purchased: 2015

DC’s mayor recently upsized from a $125,000 duplex in Riggs Park to this four-bedroom, three-bath, 2,120-square-footer with sun porch. Down the street are superlawyer Billy Martin and his wife, NPR journalist Michel Martin.

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Sharon Bulova

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Photo by Evy Mages.

Purchase price: $502,000
Estimated current value: $708,400
Neighborhood: Fairfax County
Year purchased: 2002

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors chairwoman found her home in the Cloisters of Fairfax after its developer asked as a courtesy if it could use her name for a new street there. Bulova’s five-bedroom sits next to a pond.

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Lonnie Bunch

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Photo by Evy Mages.

Purchase price: $815,000
Estimated current value: $922,400
Neighborhood: Shepherd Park
Year purchased: 2006

Bunch, founding director of the just-opened National Museum of African-American History & Culture, lives in this Colonial—a few blocks from Mayor Bowser—with his wife, Maria Marable-Bunch, director of education at the National Archives.

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Eric Cantor

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Photo by Evy Mages.

Purchase price: $1.7 million
Estimated current value: $1.77 million
Neighborhood: Arlington
Year purchased: 2015

After his upset, the former House majority leader joined the investment bank Moelis & Company. The commute to the DC office Cantor opened for the bank is much shorter from this 5,600-square-foot house in Arlington’s Aurora Hills than from his old district around Richmond. Plus it has a wet bar.

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Hillary Clinton

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Photo by Evy Mages.

Purchase price: $2.85 million
Estimated current value: $5.57 million
Neighborhood: Massachusetts Avenue Heights/Embassy Row
Year purchased: 2000

Built in 1951, the 5,500-square-foot five-bedroom/eight-bath owned by the would-be commander in chief sits on a tree-lined property at the end of the street, a Secret Service detail’s dream. Wonder if Clinton ever uses the pool.

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S.E. Cupp

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Photo by Evy Mages.

Purchase price: $790,000
Estimated current value: $816,000
Neighborhood: Old Town Alexandria
Year purchased: 2014

The conservative pundit bought this four-story, 2,000-square-foot townhouse shortly after moving from MSNBC to CNN and marrying public-relations exec John Goodwin. They had a baby boy the same year.

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Merrick Garland

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Photo by Evy Mages.

Purchase price: $990,000
Estimated current value: $2.41 million
Neighborhood: Bethesda
Year purchased: 1999

The Supreme Court justice-in-waiting is known for hosting annual potluck breakfasts for his former clerks—as well as an Easter-egg hunt for their children—at his home in Edgemoor near Sidwell Friends Lower School.

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Robin Givhan

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Photo by Evy Mages.

Purchase price: $800,000
Estimated current value: $924,300
Neighborhood: H Street, Northeast
Year purchased: 2009

The Washington Post’s fashion critic lives in the H Street neighborhood’s most fashionable condo building, a convent turned museum turned loft complex. Former DC mayor Anthony Williams, a neighbor, bought his slightly bigger unit in the building the year before for $1.2 million.

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Jay Gruden

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Photo courtesy of Apex Custom Homes.

Purchase price: $2.5 million
Estimated current value: $2.16 million
Neighborhood: Leesburg
Year purchased: 2014

Shortly after becoming the Redskins’ coach, Gruden picked up this new-construction French Provincial on three acres in the Creighton Farms development, a gated community with a Jack Nicklaus golf course. The split-level four-bedroom has a wine cellar and occupies 5,300 square feet.

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Carla Hall

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Photo by Evy Mages.

Purchase price: $244,000
Estimated current value: $727,800
Neighborhood: Takoma DC
Year purchased: 1998

A cohost of ABC’s The Chew, Washington’s favorite Southern chef turned TV star and cookbook author bought her out-of-the-way, 2½-story house long before her big break on Top Chef in 2008.

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Eric Holder

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Photo by Evy Mages.

Purchase price: $1.47 million
Estimated current value: $1.46 million
Neighborhood: Penn Quarter
Year purchased: 2014

Floor-to-ceiling windows and a CityCenterDC location that—for a workaholic lawyer—can’t be beat: Covington & Burling, where the former attorney general is a partner, is also in CityCenter. Holder’s high-wattage neighbors include US senator Claire McCaskill and NBC4 anchor Wendy Rieger.

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Gwen Ifill

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Photo by Evy Mages.

Purchase price: $1.2 million
Estimated current value: $1.58 million
Neighborhood: Chevy Chase
Year purchased: 2005

This 1935 Tudor makes a peace-ful retreat from election-year craziness for Ifill, PBS NewsHour cohost and a past moderator of VP debates. The five-bedroom, six-bath home has a master suite with cathedral ceilings and French doors opening onto a balcony.

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Sheila Johnson

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Photo by Marvin Joseph/Washington Post.

Purchase price: $4.3 million
Assessed value: $6.25 million
Neighborhood: Fauquier County
Year purchased: 1996

Salamander Farm, Johnson’s estate near Middleburg, sprawls over 100 acres. Guests of the media/sports/hospitality magnate have plenty to swoon over: a formal dining room for 50, a billiards room, a home theater, riding stables, and a pond.

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Ted Leonsis

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Photo by Anice Hoachlander/Hoalander Davis Photography.

Purchase price: $20 million
Estimated current value: $13.19 million
Neighborhood: Potomac
Year purchased: 2011

Known as Marwood, this 20,000-square-foot chateau on the Potomac was once a summer rental for FDR. The Caps and Wizards owner has a tennis court, a pool, and a ten-car garage. He acquired the property through a de facto swap of his old McLean digs with telecom executive Chris Rogers.

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Ted Lerner

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Photo by Evy Mages.

Purchase price: $10
Estimated current value: $1.46 million
Neighborhood: Chevy Chase
Year purchased: 1963

How refreshing that the billionaire Nats owner—one of Washington’s top developers—still lives in the house he built five decades ago, after opening Wheaton Plaza mall. Lerner acquired his property’s deed for a recorded price of $10. If he paid more than that, county records don’t disclose it.

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Paul Manafort

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Photo by Evy Mages.

Purchase price: $2.7 million
Estimated current value: $1.46 million
Neighborhood: Alexandria
Year purchased: 2015

The GOP consultant and fixer for foreign tyrants—better known as Donald Trump’s former campaign manager—splits his time among Trump Tower in New York; a home in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida; and a 2,800-square-foot unit at this luxury condo development overlooking the Potomac.

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Herb Miller

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Photo by Evy Mages.

Purchase price: $1.3 million
Estimated current value: $1.11 million
Neighborhood: Logan Circle
Year purchased: 2013

It was big news when Miller sold Georgetown’s Bowie-Sevier mansion to Robert Allbritton and decamped for a hipper address just off 14th Street. Miller, who made his name developing Georgetown and had lived there for half a century, began splitting time among 14th Street, Easton, and Key West.

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Norah O’Donnell

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Photo by Evy Mages.

Purchase price: $3.2 million
Estimated current value: $4.25 million
Neighborhood: Berkley/Foxhall Crescent
Year purchased: 2010

The CBS This Morning anchor and her husband, restaurateur Geoff Tracy, split their time between New York and this seven-bedroom, 6,100-square-foot home. Enviable amenities include a music room with marble fireplace and grand piano, an elevator, and a 24-foot putting green.

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Ted Olson

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Photo by Evy Mages.

Purchase price: $1.5 million
Estimated current value: $2.82 million
Neighborhood: Great Falls
Year purchased: 1998

The conservative Supreme Court superlawyer—of Bush v. Gore fame—was solicitor general in the George W. Bush administration from 2001 to 2004 and is now a partner in the DC office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher.

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Alex Ovechkin

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Photo by Evy Mages.

Purchase price: $4.275 million
Estimated current value: $3.67 million
Neighborhood: McLean
Year purchased: 2012

Washington’s favorite Russian expat upgraded from a 5,000-square-foot Arlington home to this newly built 8,000-square-foot Colonial on more than an acre. When he wants to rest up for a game, the Caps star can use the house’s cherry-paneled elevator.

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Anna Palmer

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Photo by Evy Mages.

Purchase price: $265,000
Estimated current value: $293,000
Neighborhood: Wakefield/Forest Hills
Year purchased: 2007

The newly anointed scribe of Politico’s Playbook newsletter appropriately owns a one-bedroom/one-bath condo in storied territory: Harry S. Truman lived in a building across the street as US senator and Vice President, and LBJ lived in a brick Colonial not far away when he served in the Senate.

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Susanna and Jack Quinn

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Photo by Evy Mages.

Purchase price: $5.4 million
Estimated current value: $5.38 million
Neighborhood: Foxhall Village/Berkley
Year purchased: 2015

The DC power couple recently left Wesley Heights for this 6,600-square-foot six-bedroom in Phillips Park, an enclave of new homes near Whitehaven and Glover Archbold parks that’s protected by private security. Neighbors in the new it-hood for muckety-mucks include Fox News anchor Bret Baier and NBC’s David Gregory.

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Jamie Raskin

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Photo by Evy Mages.

Purchase price: $371,500
Estimated current value: $914,000
Neighborhood: Takoma Park
Year purchased: 1990

No surprise that Raskin, the über-liberal incoming congressman from Maryland’s 8th District—who beat Kathleen Matthews (Chevy Chase) and David Trone (Potomac)—will commute to the Hill from über-liberal Takoma Park. He and wife Sarah Bloom Raskin, a Treasury official, have lived there for years.

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David Rubenstein

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Photo by Evy Mages.

Purchase price: $775,000
Estimated current value: $3.42 million
Neighborhood: Bethesda
Year purchased: 1985

The billionaire Carlyle Group founder and philanthropist of favorite Washington causes still lives in the house he and wife Alice Rogoff bought as newly married thirtysomethings. The home occupies 7,600 square feet plus a 2,000-square-foot basement. Rubenstein also owns a 4,300-square-foot guesthouse next door.

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Deborah Rutter

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Photo by Evy Mages.

 

 

Purchase price: $1.66 million
Estimated current value: $1.81 million
Neighborhood: American University Park
Year purchased: 2014

Sunlight-soaked rooms, woodsy views, a couple of fireplaces, and adjoining bed-and-baths are among the amenities that enticed Rutter, first female president of the Kennedy Center, when she moved to DC’s AU Park from Chicago. Her four-bedroom totals 3,400 square feet.

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Bernie Sanders

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Photo by Evy Mages.

Purchase price: $489,000
Estimated current value: $562,500
Neighborhood: Capitol Hill
Year purchased: 2007

Like the socialist senator, this 1890 rowhouse is no-frills, with just one bedroom and two baths. What it lacks in frippery it makes up for with its location, three blocks from the Capitol and a half block from Stanton Park.

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Dan Snyder

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Photo by Katherine Frey/Washington Post

Purchase price: $8.64 million
Estimated current value: $9.2 million
Neighborhood: Potomac
Year purchased: 2001

After buying the property from Jordanian royalty, the Redskins owner cut down 130 trees to preserve views of the Potomac for the ballroom he was building inside the mansion, a 19,400-square-foot behemoth. Outside, Snyder has a 12-car garage, a burgundy-and-gold basketball court, and a helicopter pad.

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Sonia Sotomayor

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Photo by Evy Mages.

Purchase price: $660,000
Estimated current value: $798,500
Neighborhood: U Street
Year purchased: 2012

Denizens of 14th and U delight in spotting the Supreme Court justice, who has said the neighborhood reminds her of home (that is, New York). Her unit in a small condo building east of 14th Street is relatively modest: 1,100 square feet, one bedroom plus den, two baths.

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Chuck Todd

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Photo by Evy Mages.

Purchase price: $1.74 million
Estimated current value: $1.55 million
Neighborhood: Arlington
Year purchased: 2007

An Arlington loyalist, Todd called several spots in the suburb home before buying this new-construction five-bedroom in Arlington’s Lyon Park the same year Tim Russert lured him from National Journal/the Hotline to NBC. The 2,600-square-foot two-story has a detached garage and a pool.

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Barry Trotz

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Photo by Evy Mages.

Purchase price: $1.14 million
Estimated current value: $1.04 million
Neighborhood: Arlington
Year purchased: 2014

The head coach of the Caps and his wife, Kim, settled in Lyon Park because the everyone-knows-each-other neighborhood seemed like a good fit for their younger son, a high-schooler with Down syndrome. Built in 1927, their light-filled bungalow has three bedrooms and two baths.

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John Wall

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Photo courtesy of MRIS Homes.

Purchase price: $4.9 million
Estimated current value: $3.91 million
Neighborhood: Potomac
Year purchased: 2013

Does the Wizards star have an indoor basketball court, you ask? Of course. Also a grass volleyball court, a putting green, a six-car garage, a pool with waterfall and hot tub, and a gazebo-covered grill-and-chill area.

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Paul Wiedefeld

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Photo by Evy Mages.

Purchase price: $250,000
Estimated current value: $772,500
Neighborhood: Towson
Year purchased: 1997

WMATA’s turnaround chief turns around on weekends to head home to his wife and teen daughter in Baltimore County, where they’ve long lived. Their two-story stone house, 2,450 square feet with a detached garage, sits in a leafy neighborhood near Towson University.

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Eun Yang

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Photo by Evy Mages.

Purchase price: $1.125 million
Estimated current value: $1.35 million
Neighborhood: Lanier Heights/Adams Morgan
Year purchased: 2006

NBC4’s morning anchor grew up in Silver Spring, but she and husband Robert Kang are partial to city life. Before buying their 2½-story rowhouse in the District, they lived in Logan Circle.

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This article appears in our October 2016 issue of Washingtonian.

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